Victoria Macdonald , Health and Social Care Correspondent

Victoria Macdonald is Health and Social Care Correspondent at Channel 4 News.

Victoria Macdonald is an award-winning journalist, who has been covering health and social care issues for Channel 4 News since 1999.

She closely follows the changes and developments in the NHS and the care system from the scandal at Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust to the wholesale reforms of the health service.

Victoria also reports on medical developments, mental health issues as well as covering stories on how welfare reforms are affecting those with physical disabilities. And she closely watches developments in HIV/Aids and TB.

Victoria is originally from New Zealand and worked for the Sunday Telegraph before joining Channel 4 News.

  • Published on 18 Jul 2017

    Hundreds of children who’ve been sexually abused are being refused compensation by a government agency, in a few cases because they’re said to have given consent. The legal age of consent is 16. In the last hour, a spokesperson for the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority said they were urgently reviewing their guidelines. We’ve been talking to one young woman who…

  • Published on 16 Jul 2017 Sections

      Philip Hammond has said public sector workers are ten percent better off than their private sector counterparts once pensions are taken into account. The Chancellor refused to deny he told Cabinet colleagues that public sector staff were “overpaid” as he was challenged by his Labour shadow to live on the wages of a hospital…

  • Published on 15 Jul 2017 Sections ,

    The Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has insisted his party would respect last year’s referendum vote to leave the European Union, after Tony Blair said it is still possible Britain could stay in a reformed EU. The former prime minister suggested European leaders had told him they could compromise on the principle of free movement of…

  • Published on 11 Jul 2017 Sections ,

    An inquiry is to be held into the contaminated blood scandal that left at least 2,400 people dead. Theresa May said it would establish the causes of what she said was an “appalling injustice” that led to thousands of NHS patients given blood products infected with HIV and hepatitis C in the 70s and 80s.

  • Published on 10 Jul 2017 Sections

    The parents of the terminally ill baby Charlie Gard are being given until Thursday to set out new evidence which they believe will make a High Court judge look again at their case. The couple want to take the child to the United States for experimental treatment, interrupting today’s court hearing and telling the judge:…

  • Published on 7 Jul 2017 Sections

    Imagine being in almost unbearable pain, constantly exhausted and fatigued. That’s what it’s like living with sickle cell anaemia, an inherited blood disorder which mostly affects people of African or Caribbean heritage. Last December, we first met Adawale Lawal, who was offered a new form of stem cell transplant with the potential to cure him…

  • Published on 7 Jul 2017 Sections

    Victoria Macdonald has some breaking news regarding Charlie Gard, the terminally-ill infant whose parents want to take him to America for treatment, a move opposed by the hospital treating him.

  • Published on 12 Jun 2017

    Is this another consequence of Brexit? A collapse in the number of nurses from EU countries registering to work here – down from 1,300 last July to just 46 this April. There is already a serious shortage of nursing staff, particularly in England’s NHS, and today there are warnings this could become even worse.

  • Published on 7 Jun 2017 Sections , , , ,

    A nurse, a chef. a bartender, an au pair – they came from France, from Spain, from Canada, Australia and the UK. Eight people are now confirmed to have died in the attacks after a body was found in the Thames. Some 29 victims are still in hospital, and today one A&E nurse spoke about…

  • Published on 6 Jun 2017 Sections

    She’s been described by colleagues at the hospital where she was a nurse as “one in a million”. Kirsty Boden was stabbed to death as she ran to help those injured in the attack on London Bridge on Saturday night. The 28 -year- old Australian is the latest of Saturday’s victims to be named.

  • Published on 4 Jun 2017 Sections

    Theresa May has made a private visit to some of the attack victims and hospital  staff who’ve been treating them. NHS England say that 21 people remain in a critical condition. Of the seven people who died, it’s now known that one was Canadian.  Hospital and ambulance workers rushed to the scene within minutes, volunteering…

  • Published on 3 Jun 2017 Sections ,

    Trials of a new treatment for ovarian cancer have shown “promising” results for women with advanced cases of the disease. In what’s being called the biggest breakthrough in a decade, researchers say the treatment dramatically shrunk tumours in 7 of the 15 women involved in the early stage trial.

  • Published on 31 May 2017 Sections

    The healthcare costs for retired British pensioners who return to the UK after Brexit could double to £1bn if the reciprocal EU scheme ends.

  • Published on 23 May 2017

    In the last few minutes we’ve heard reports that a vigil in Birmingham has been interrupted after a man apparently armed with a large knife and a baseball bat was detained nearby. In Manchester, the injured from last night’s attack have been taken to eight hospitals across the city.

  • Published on 22 May 2017 Sections

    With soaring costs and huge pressure on dwindling funds, it’s become clear that something needs to be done about social care. The other parties are promising billions of pounds in new spending. But after the Conservatives’ great idea backfired within a few days, where does this leave their plans for a social care shake-up?